Red Rock Canyon: Review & Tips

by | Nov 19, 2016

Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area approximately 20 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip. I have now visited Red Rock twice, and I anticipate going many, many more times in the coming years. It is the perfect escape when you need a break from the lights and sounds of Las Vegas.

There are plenty of amazing desert landscapes, and beautiful places to hike and camp within a daytrip from Las Vegas, so when should you opt for Red Rock Canyon?

  1. When you’re short on time. The close proximity of this conservation area makes it a perfect escape when you’ve only got a couple hours to spare.
  2. When you have small children, elderly, or anyone with mobility issues. While there are plenty of trails for hikers of any skill level, the 13-mile scenic drive offers plenty of stopping places with incredible views. This makes for a great place to take nature lovers of any age and ability.
  3. When you are in Las Vegas and have never before visited Red Rock. It’s as simple as that. If you haven’t been to Red Rock, go! You won’t be sorry. There is a $7 per vehicle entry fee, but if you have an annual National Parks pass, that will grant you free entry (the land is managed by the Bureau of Land Management).

So what types of activities are available at Red Rock Canyon?

  • Hiking trails
  • Rock Climbing areas
  • Equestrian trails
  • Picnic areas
  • Cycling – road bikes are allowed on paved and unpaved roads, including the scenic drive, and mountain bikes have designated trails available
  • Camping – Red Rock has one available designated campground, which allows RVs and tents, but is rather primitive (vault toilets, no showers, no electric/water/sewer hookups)

Finally, a few pictures to convince you the trip is worthwhile: